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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 --- 5 Tour our village and join us for lunch on Friday, Sept 20, 2013 at 10.30am The 2010 RVA Manager of the Year Bruce Cullington will give a brief overview of the life at Acacia Cove. See and feel for yourself the Acacia Cove lifestyle. Please RSVP to 268 8522 by Wednesday, Sept 18, 2013 Wattle Farm Road, Wattle Downs, Manurewa Ph 268 8522 • Fax 268 8422 Email: email@example.com www.acaciacovevillage.co.nz NEW ZEALAND OWNED & OPERATED Acacia Cove is a country-style village situated on the beautiful Wattle Downs Peninsula. Who could ask for more? For those who appreciate the tranquility of an estuary setting Acacia Cove has it all, as well as its own restaurant, heated indoor pool, library, bowling green and new gym. Whether you choose to live in a villa or one of our luxurious apartments, you'll have the security of a 24 hour, fully monitored emergency call system built in. If you're aged 60 or over, value your independence but want greater security, come and have a look at the superb properties we have to offer. A right to occupy dwelling at Acacia Cove Village is unsecured. YOU'RE INVITED! 123087 HIGH-profle motor company, Andrew Simms Newmarket, is opening a second dealership in Botany in late October. The new site, at 350 Te Irirangi Drive, will feature two large 1100 square metre showrooms, 3000 sq m of outdoor display, and a 3500 sq m workshop and car prepara- tion facility. The new dealership will be known as the Andrew Simms Experience Centre – Botany, and will be one of the largest dealer facilities in New Zealand. Managing director Andrew Simms says it will not be just another car dealership. “It will be an experience cen- tre where customers can touch, feel and experience our full range of models in a spacious high-tech environment. “We also chose the location because it will allow our customers to test-drive in a mix of urban and rural conditions to really experi- ence our vehicles.” Andrew Simms Botany will represent all of the brands from Andrew Simms Newmarket except Mitsubishi, but with the addition of the Kia franchise. While the site is away from the traditional car dealing zone of Manukau, Mr Simms believes the Botany location will prove to be a major beneft for his company and customers. “We’re opening with eight suc- cessful franchises, so I’m confdent we’ll create our own momentum,” says Mr Simms. It’s well positioned to service the urban and semi-rural areas of Botany, Howick, the Eastern Bays and Flat Bush, as well as being just 4km from Manukau City Centre. “We’re centrally located with a huge modern facility to cater for all of South and East Auckland.” The new dealership will open with the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Kia, Great Wall and Chery franchises, with Mr Simms already talking to the landlord about adding another showroom to cope with several additional franchises. “There’s a great deal of interest from other manufacturers who are unrepresented in the area, because the area is growing so rapidly in both size and status,” says Mr Simms. The market should not be sur- prised if more franchises are added to the Andrew Simms Experience Centre in the short term, he says. Andrew Simms Newmarket is number one in New Zealand for every brand it represents and the company is a multi-award winning operation. “That reputation also tends to attract manufacturers,” he says. Alongside the Andrew Simms Experience Centre, the company will have a large indoor used vehi- cle operation to sell its trade-ins from both Auckland operations. The company intends to hold 150 to 200 trade-in vehicles that will be promoted online and sold on a high-volume, low margin basis. The company is also setting up a brand new service facility along- side the experience centre. The spacious vehicle service centre will feature the latest in equipment and will be staffed by factory-trained technicians to cover all of the brands. “We know this will appeal to customers living in the area, who until now have been forced to travel signifcant distances to get their vehicle serviced,” says Mr Simms. “It’s another aspect of the new operation that will allow us to improve service to our existing customers in the area, and to the many new customers we expect to attract. “We’re extremely fortunate the landlord Bill Clark also owns Savory Construction and he seems almost more excited by this project than what we are.” An artist's impression of how the new, spacious Andrew Simms Experience Centre will look to those shopping for a motor vehicle deal in Botany. Image supplied New dealership drives in "We're opening with eight successful franchises, so I'm confident we'll create our own momentum." -- Andrew Simms No change in water rating By Marianne Kelly BECAUSE noticeable change occurs over long periods, there's little movement in the quality of the super-city's environment since last year's monitoring. Consequently, some south-east waterways remain among the lowest rated in the region. The Auckland Council has released its second series of report cards providing up-to-date information on the state of waterways, coastline, air and land. Greg Holland, the research, investigations and monitoring unit manager, says as Auckland's population and economy grows, greater pressure is put on the environment. About 85 per cent of the south-eastern plain is covered in urban development or exotic cover, consequently the Pakuranga Creek and its feeder channels feature among the lowest ranked waterways. The creek at Botany Road and Greenmount Drive comes in at 31st and 34th (bottom) of the rankings for freshwater quality. Botany Road features again at the bottom (95th) of the rankings for freshwater ecology, which measures the quality and abundance of plants and animals in rivers and streams. It's pipped by Botany Creek at Tangelo Place, which comes in second to last (94th). The Tamaki Estuary continues to be plagued with contaminants, such as heavy metals from storm water, with the upper Pakuranga Creek rated third to bottom (123rd) for marine and estuary sediment quality. However, the picture is reversed for air quality, with Botany Downs scoring third among the top ve monitored sites. Mr Holland says it's fortunate the quality of environmental management has improved over time and the council has been able to apply better knowledge technology and innovative techniques to meet the challenges. n The report card is online at stateofauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. n The Volcano To Sea project is planning a Spring Clean Your Stream event at 10am- noon on September 21 at Greenmount Park, 81 Guys Road, Botany. More information is at www.landcare.org.nz/VolcanoToSea.
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